A tooth extraction may be recommended for maintaining optimal oral health in several circumstances:
Severe tooth damage or decay
Prior to orthodontic care in the case of tooth crowding
Wisdom tooth this is impacted or affecting dental health
The team at Ridgetop Dental in Northern Virginia performs tooth extractions when deemed necessary in the comfort of our state of the art Reston or Sterling dentist office. Dr. Datta, Dr. Shaw or Dr. Sensenbrenner will discuss all aspects of your tooth extraction, as well as toot replacement options when necessary. Ridgetop Dental offers sedation dentistry to make your extraction procedure as comfortable and pain free as possible.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
The wisdom teeth are the last molars that develop on each side of your jaw. Wisdom tooth removal is a common procedure for young adults in their late teens to early 20’s as this is when the wisdom teeth typically begin to emerge. Our family dentist office provides complete wisdom teeth removal services for patients of all ages.
Wisdom teeth are typically removed because of the issues or potential issues they may cause. This may be that the jaw is not large enough to accommodate them or they become impacted in the bone. Some people have wisdom teeth that will grow sideways leading to pressure on your other molars which will lead to teeth shifting and crooked teeth. They may also present a potential overcrowding problem that will detrimentally affect the bite.
Tooth Extractions What to Expect
The tooth extraction process is generally a quick and relatively simple procedure in most cases. We will administer the anesthetic or dental sedation decided upon and make sure you are comfortable before beginning the extraction.
To remove a tooth, your dentist will use special tools to release the small ligaments holding the tooth in place. Using a gentle rocking motion, your tooth will slowly be pulled from the socket and disconnected from the root. This is when most patients will feel pressure in the jaw, but there is typically little to no pain during the procedure.
Once complete, we will clean the socket and place gauze to put pressure on the wound and minimize bleeding. We will provide specific after care instructions to help you recover as quickly as possible. This can include a soft diet and the use of an antibacterial or salt water rinse for preventing infection. Most patients recover fully within a day or two after the procedure. If you experience any sharp pains, excessive bleeding, or swelling, be sure to contact us.
Dental Implants to Replace the Missing Teeth
If your tooth was extracted due to damage or decay, Dr. Datta will recommend immediate placement of a dental implant to replace the tooth. It is important to replace that tooth as soon as possible because even a single missing tooth can lead to oral health issues. Lost teeth can increase the risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and bite problems. It will also lead to bone loss in your jaw and will cause your teeth to shift which will affect your bite.
Dental implants are the most natural-looking and advanced solution when compared to other tooth restorations. They are the only option that will actually replace the tooth root which prevents bone loss. They are the most expensive tooth replacement option but they also require the least maintenance. To qualify for a dental implant, you must be in good overall health and have enough bone structure to support the implant. We offer other restoration options including a dental bridge or a denture, depending on the number and location of the missing teeth.